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1741]                   To Horace Mann                     147
&c., between the King and the Queen of Hungary and their ministers. Sir Kobert agreed to give them all the papers relative to those transactions, only desiring to except the letters written by the two sovereigns themselves. They divided, and we carried it, 237 against 227. They moved to have those relating to France, Prussia, and Holland. Sir Eobert begged they would defer asking for those of Prussia till the end of January, at which time a negotiation would be at an end with that King, which now he might break off, if he knew it was to be made public. Mr. Pulteney persisted; but his obstinacy, which might be so prejudicial to the public, revolted even his own partisans, and seven of them spoke against him. We carried that question by twenty-four; and another by twenty-one, against sitting on the next day (Saturday). Monday and Tuesday we went on the Westminster election. Murray4 spoke divinely; he was their counsel. Lloyd5 answered him extremely well: but on summing up the evidence on both sides, and in his reply, Murray was—in short, beyond what was ever heard at the bar. That day (Tuesday) we went on the merits of the cause, and at ten at night divided, and lost it. They had 220, we 216 ; so the election was declared void. You see four is a fortunate number to them. We had forty-one more members in town, who would not, or could not, come down. The time is a touchstone for wavering consciences. All the arts, money, promises, threats, all the arts of the former year '41, are applied ; and self-interest, in the shape of Scotch members—nay, and of English ones, operates to the aid of their party, and to the defeat of ours. Lord Doneraile8, a young Irishman, brought
* "William Murray, brother of Lord     Solicitor-General.    Walpole.
Stormont, and of Lord Dunbar, the         fi Sir Richard Lloyd, advanced in
Pretender's  first  minister.   He  is      1754 to be Solicitor-General in the
known by his   eloquence   and the     room   of   Mr.   Murray,   appointed
friendship of Mr. Pope.    He was     Attorney-General.    Walpole.
soon   afterwards   promoted   to   be         6 Arthur St. Leger, Lord Doneraile,
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